Sleep Apnea Westborough, MA

Sleep Apnea An Overview

Sleep apnea, and more commonly obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is a growing health concern that can put a patient’s life at risk if left untreated. Our team works with patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or who are considered at risk for developing a sleep-related disorder to restore health and wellness with oral appliance therapy.
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Are You At Risk for Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea can affect patients of all ages and demographics for a wide range of reasons, but there are some key risk factors that it is important to be aware of and discuss with us during a dental office visit.

  • Males, especially over the age of 45
  • Diabetic
  • Large neck circumference
  • Overweight, obese
  • Deviated septum, nasal structure and sinus issues
  • Smoker

Do I Have Sleep Apnea?

If you are considered at risk or suffer from any of the following common symptoms of sleep apnea or OSA, mention your concerns or schedule an appointment. We can work with you to determine if a sleep study should be coordinated with your physician and alert you to any oral signs of the condition.

  • Snoring, gasping for air while sleeping
  • Feeling groggy or excessively tired, even after a “full night” of rest
  • Irritability, difficulty concentrating
  • Dry mouth, sore throat upon waking

Snoring, especially loud and sudden snoring, is a key indicator of a sleep disorder. While not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, of you or a loved one snore it is important to seek advice and diagnosis to avoid the development of the health risks associated with sleep apnea. These can include an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, systemic disease, sudden stroke and heart attack.

Sleep Apnea What to Expect

Our dentists offer an alternative treatment option for patients who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, or who have been using the CPAP and are cleared to use an oral appliance.

Oral appliance therapy is more discreet, comfortable and convenient to use than the CPAP and compliance rates among patients are much higher, a key component of improving overall health.

We will fit you for a custom oral appliance that will feel and appear much like a sports mouth guard, making it possible to speak and drink fluids with the appliance in place. There is no machinery and no special cleaning is necessary.

How Does An Oral Appliance Work?

A custom-made oral appliance for sleep apnea is designed to reposition the jaw and prevent the soft tissues at the back of the throat from collapsing into the airway. This allows for normal breathing, minimizes or stops snoring and helps you enjoy a much better night’s sleep.

Sleep Apnea FAQs

How long will my oral sleep device last?

Oral sleep appliances are not meant to last for forever. You should expect to replace it every one to two years. This is because the materials will begin to weaken and will lose their efficiency. Choosing to use an oral sleep device as a sleep apnea treatment means you will need to be committed to replacing it regularly.

Can my dentist diagnose sleep apnea?

No, a dentist cannot diagnose sleep apnea. You must undergo a sleep study performed through a sleep center to obtain the diagnosis. However, a dentist can help you screen for it and provide treatment. Most dentists can pick up on some of the signs of sleep apnea and refer you to your primary care physician for further testing.

Are oral appliances comfortable to wear?

Most patients report that an oral sleep appliance is more comfortable to wear than a CPAP machine. They are custom made to fit comfortably in your mouth and most types are very lightweight. There is no air blowing in your face nor is there a mask that must remain strapped to your face while you sleep.